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Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895

alaTest has collected and analyzed 315 reviews of Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895. The average rating for this product is 2.8/5, compared to an average rating of 3.7/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the price and image quality. The design and usability are also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, design, image quality, price


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) the Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 73/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 315 reviews)

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Consumer review by: review summary for Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895


alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Samsung DVD SH897 / SH895 from The average user rating for this product is 1.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Digital Video Recorders (DVR) on Reviews about the price and image quality are overall positive. The design and usability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reliability.

usability, design, image quality, price


28% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Samsung DVD-SH897 HDD Recorder - BlackSAMSUNG DVD-SH895 DVD Recorder 250GB Hard Drive DVB-T with Freeview+ HDMI Full HD 1080p Upscaling USB Host CSAMSUNG DVD-SH895M DVD Recorder 250GB Hard Drive DVB-T with Freeview+ HDMI Full HD 1080p Upscaling USB Host

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One word ..Useless !!


this product should be recalled !! within 30 mins of trying to set it up it failed! it kept freezing and the tv signal was very poor ..then it would clear ??? then it would go again!! Reading the last few reviews i agree it is not worth looking at! at...

too many

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Give it a chance !


Samsung DVD-SH89* range


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Samsung disaster


This has got to be the worst piece of household electrics on the market. I've bought Samsung many times before, from phones to fridges - our TV is Samsung and that's why I thought it would make sense to match this to it.

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Poor Machine/Many problems


This machine is a poor implementation of a DVD recorder. Do not purchase this machine. If you do you will regret it.

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very pleased with my purchase...


After searching the internet and reading many reviews I narrowed it down to two possibles...then to this one, as it had all the features that I wanted to be able to carry out. When it arrived I must admit it does take a while to get to grips with...

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worst day ever


Its rubbish and does not do what its says on the boxe for example watching a previously recorded item on the HDD expecting another programme to be recorded...wrong so missed that one. Other programs the recording has stopped half way through and a...

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addition to previous review


It seems I'am not the only one who has had problems with this machine. Several other people seem to have the same trouble from reading later reviews. If this is the case why don't Comet get onto Samsung and let them know what rubbish they've turned...


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Do Not Buy This


Let me start by saying part of the reason for buying this item was based on the Samsung name which until now my experience has been very good.

it looks stylish

everything a part from the look

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Soooo disappointing


Do not buy this product, went back with engineers 3 times, all of the other reviewers comments plus other faults. Tuner rubbish, despite new aerial system . Won't do rec-mode despite what it says in very complicated manual, hangs after hour or two, the...

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This is a terrible product!


Like previous reviewers I was really disappointed in this product - the specs are good but the useability is appalling:

virtually everything except the looks


Product Specifications


BD Live: No
DLNA certified: No
Electronic Program Guide (EPG):No / Yes
IPTV (Internet Protocol Television): No
Progressive Scan: Yes
Show View: No
Video-on-Demand (VoD): No


DVI Interface: No
Ethernet: No
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface:No / Yes
Type of Memory Stick Interface : No
Type of SD Card Interface : No
USB Interface: Yes
W-LAN Connection: No
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

1080p Upscaling: Yes
3D: No
3D Ready: No
DVD Player / Recorder:DVD Recorder
Integrated VCR: No
Static / Portable:Static
Table / Portable:Table


Blu-ray Playback: No
DivX Playback: Yes
DVD Audio Playback: No
DVD-R Playback: Yes
DVD-RAM Playback: Yes
DVD-RW Playback: Yes
DVD+R Playback: Yes
DVD+RW Playback: Yes
HD-DVD Playback: No
PC Streaming: No
Super Audio CD Playback: No
Super Video CD / Video CD Playback: No


Blu-ray Recording: No
Double Layer Recording: Yes
DVD-R Recording: Yes
DVD-RAM Recording: Yes
DVD-RW Recording: Yes
DVD+R Recording: Yes
DVD+RW Recording: Yes
HD-DVD Recording: No
MP3 Encoding: No
MPEG4 Recording: No


DTS Decoder:DTS Decoder / No
Real Dolby:Dolby Digital